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Criminology (1st edn)

Steve Case, Phil Johnson, David Manlow, Roger Smith, and Kate Williams
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date: 30 June 2022

p. 83230. Journeying into employability and careers

From university to the workplacelocked

p. 83230. Journeying into employability and careers

From university to the workplacelocked

  • Steve Case, Steve CaseProfessor of Criminology, University of Loughborough
  • Phil Johnson, Phil JohnsonCriminology Lecturer and Academic Subject Leader, University Centre at Blackburn College
  • David Manlow, David ManlowPrincipal Lecturer in Criminology
  • Roger SmithRoger SmithProfessor of Social Work, Durham University
  •  and Kate WilliamsKate WilliamsSenior Lecturer in Criminology, Aberystwyth University


This chapter helps the criminology student think about what comes next by guiding him/her through some of the career options he/she is likely to have after completing his/her degree. It also provides a strategy for achieving the skills and attributes employers expect to see in contemporary undergraduates. The chapter first considers employers' perceptions of graduate employability skills before explaining how students can produce their graduate employability and refine it through a strategy of reflection, assessment, reaction, and evaluation (RARE). It then offers suggestions on how the students can journey into potential careers' opportunities with ‘criminal justice game changers’ by engaging with career development learning and experiences from people in these careers. It also describes an alternative approach that the student can take into account for different careers that require the attributes for self-employability.

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